Help Please!

Discussion in 'General' started by Ian Penman, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. Ian Penman

    Ian Penman New Member

    My name Is Ian PENMAN, and I am the son of Robert PENMAN DICK, often known as Bob DICK.

    My father was in the Royal Corps of Signals during the war and fought in Italy and North Africa. I think he was involved between 1942 and 1945.

    I am trying to find out more about his wartime experiences, and would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who could help.

    What I do know (apart from the fact that he was born in 1919, and was 20 when the war broke out), is that he was commanded by General Butterworth at some point. Probably in Italy in 1944. He also was attached to an Indian regiment around the time of Monte Cassino. I know that he fought there because he and I visited Monte Cassino in 1976, when I was 14 and he 57).

    As an aside, the reason that I know about the General Butterworth involvement is that, after the war, one of my father’s “hobbies” was running a Royal British Legion convalescent home, as its Chairman. The home in question was “Churchill Court” in Sevenoaks which was given to the RBL by Churchill after the war. Butterworth was his Vice-Chairman, which always amused him!

    With many thanks in advance!

    Ian Penman
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  2. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Ian

    Suggest you follow Tony56's advice

    In the meantime whilst his service records are being sorted, perhaps use the search function of the site to read more about Monte Cassino


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  4. Ian Penman

    Ian Penman New Member

  5. Ian Penman

    Ian Penman New Member

    Thanks, will do!
  6. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    Hi Ian

    Blimey !...... You're quick off the mark :)

    In explanation:

    When Ian recently wrote to me concerning his late father, I persuaded him to come aboard, knowing that in matters relating to WW2 we are blessed in having some very knowledgeable people among our ranks.

    My somewhat dubious reputation is now at stake !

    I am so pleased that members have already come forward with offers of help and know that he will soon be able to fill in many "blanks" that he has concerning his father's WW2 experience.

    Many thanks

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  7. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

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  8. Ian Penman

    Ian Penman New Member

    Thanks so much Ron. I will check this now, on the train home!
  9. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member


    Once you have your father’s Service Record, you will know which R SIGNALS unit he served in.

    That will allow us to place him at Cassino.

    If you would like to better understand the four battles of Cassino, I am taking a group there on 11-14 May 19. That will be the 75th Anniversary of the start of the Fourth and final battle.


  10. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

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